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I'll update regularly to track my progress. I hope this will help someone at some point.

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Looking Back ~ 17 months

It’s been almost a year and a half since I started Differin. It’s worked better than I could’ve ever hoped.

My current routine includes no face washes (I have found that they do nothing more than irritate my skin), a pea-sized amount of Differin daily, rinsing my face with water about 5 times a day, and drinking more water than I think I need.

I still usually have a pimple or two at a time, but I don’t fret about them. It has been very beneficial for me not to pick at them.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since my starting Differin, it’s that other people are not as critical and judgement as you think. Many people that you see everyday have been through the exact same thing (or a similar skin problem). They understand. The way your skin looks says nothing about who you are. Don’t let it change you.

 I’m not sure whether or not my experience will help others out there, but I want these posts to give them hope. Acne is psychologically draining, but we all can beat it. Remember, those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Surround yourself with people who value you for who you are, not your skin. Forget anyone who tries to make you feel insecure.

I believe that God challenges us all in different ways. For some it is acne. Learn to see yourself and others around you DEEPER than the skin. It’s not easy, and I can’t say I’m good at it, but it’s something I try to do everyday.

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Looking Back ~ 3.5 months

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. Here's what has happened.

My skin took a turn for the worse after my last post and I got down on myself. I had basically given up on Differin, but continued to apply it out of habit. I said I was going to quit using it out of frustration, but my dad convinced me to stay on it.

I quit using PanOxyl after about two months, but continued to apply Differin. I increased the amount of Differin I would use as my skin got used to it. Throughout the day I wash my face with just water, maybe three times during the day.

Just then my skin started getting much better. The pimples came more slowly and dried out nicely. At about 3 months I stopped getting pimples at all on my cheeks, and my forehead and chin smoothed out considerably. The redness is fading and I am starting to look like my old self.

If you are just starting Differin, I can't stress enough how important it is that you stick it out for at least two full months. It's not gonna work right away, but when it does you will be happy with the results.

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Day 39

Over the past nine days my skin has been consistent. I have fewer pimples, but the ones I do get are more aggressive and red. My chin has been most problematic but I'm not sure why. My forehead is still by far the worst area, though, since it is so bumpy and red. There are small, raised bumps maybe a fraction of a millimeter in diameter all over my forehead that I just cannot get rid of. I have a hard time leaving the house without a hat on, even though I know I would be better off letting my skin breathe. Old marks are quickly fading, but my face seems to be constantly red. All dryness seems to be behind me, and I don't think it will be long before I start to see dramatic progress. It isn't easy to stay optimistic when improvements are so subtle and slow, but I'm trying to keep positive.

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Day 30

I'm now into week five of my treatment with Differin. I just returned from a four-day camping trip and was unable to wash my face with PanOxyl or use moisturizer the entire time. I was still able to rinse my skin with water and apply Differin Gel every night though. I was very anxious about how my acne would react to this and was prepared for a big breakout, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice my face looked once I got home. My red marks have faded tremendously over the past week and I am experiencing much less drying. My skin will still flake off if I rub a T-shirt against it, but the dryness is not visible. I would also contribute a lot of improvement tot the fact that I didn't pick or pop any new pimples on the trip, a bad habit of mine. I also didn't wear a hat as much so that could have helped the bumps on my forehead. Weeks six to eight are still ahead of me so I'm hoping I'll be completely clear in about a month!

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Day 21

I haven't posted in a while because I am trying not to think so much about my skin. It makes it easier to wait for results if I don't assess my progress every half hour since I'm using a long term medication. Over the past week my cheeks have been very clear: only about two normal sized pimples on each, which is pretty good for me. I still have some decent red marks left over but they are fading quickly. My forehead an chin looked like war zones a couple days ago but my chin has healed pretty well. My forehead still has at least a dozen active pimples. I'm not stressing over my forehead much because I'm convinced that the Differin gets rid of small bumps on the surface by speeding up the process of them turning into pustules. It will probably take a while (my forehead is extremely bumpy), but I am starting to gain some confidence that this treatment will smooth and clear my skin. Luckily my forehead an chin don't mark very easily and clear up quickly after the inflammation subsides. Obviously I'm not very far into this process, but I am beginning to see some early promising results.

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Day 15

I've been on Differin for over two weeks now, so I'm starting to look for results. My cheeks have cleared up considerably but I continue to break out on my forehead and chin. The size of my pimples and their level of inflammation has also increased recently. Differin was just approved to be sold over the counter a couple of days ago, but I sure I get it a lot cheaper than MSRP because of insurance. My face has adapted to the medication now and only requires a small amount of moisturizer daily to stay hydrated. Hopefully I will see big improvements in my complexion in the coming weeks.

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Day 11

Over the past four days my skin has become used to the medication. I no longer have to moisturize multiple times a day for dry skin, although my face is still pretty flaky and tight at times. I have continued to see an increase in pimples, but not at the same rate as before. I have also had a few whiteheads on and between my eyebrows as well as on my lips. The doctor said that my skin would get worse over the first 2 weeks and it looks like she was right.

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Background

A little background on myself:
I'm a 17 year old male. I have had acne for the last 6 months, and I would categorize it as moderate. A week ago I went to the dermatologist and was prescribed Differin Gel .1% to be used every night. The derm also told me to use PanOxyl Creamy Wash 4% Benzoyl Peroxide in the morning.

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Day 7

For the first 2 days of using Differin I saw absolutely no changes in my skin. Then, on day 3, the area around my mouth began to flake horribly. On day 4, my eyes dried up and started flaking. On days 6 and 7 I started to break out on both cheeks, my chin, and my forehead. Mostly non-inflamed whiteheads, although there are a few red pustules on my cheeks and forehead. I hope this is the initial breakout that is associated with Differin. I'm not sure if it's normal to have the IB this early though.